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Gov. Mark Parkinson on Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2009, asked the Kansas Board of Regents to put together a plan that will improve academic rankings at state universities, including Kansas University. He said KU should be in the top 50 of national universities. It currently is ranked 96th by U.S. News and World Report. Parkinson said admission standards should be tougher at KU, and, he said, he would support a tax increase to help KU and the other regents schools improve their rankings. The major announcement was made at the regents' working retreat in Wichita.

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